Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Romney Wins New Hampshire Primary

Mitt Romney is projected to win the New Hampshire Republican primary, likely by double digits. This result was expected and the news to be made is how close the final tally is.

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Live New Hampshire Primary Results

We'll update this article again when the final tallies are in.

Update- 8:35PM- With 20.9% reporting:

Mitt Romney- 35.5%
Ron Paul- 24.9%
Jon Huntsman- 16.9%
Newt Gingrich- 10.3%
Rick Santorum- 10.1%
Rick Perry- .7%

Update- 8:29PM- With 19.3% reporting:

Mitt Romney- 35.5%
Ron Paul- 24.7%
Jon Huntsman- 17.0%
Newt Gingrich- 10.3%
Rick Santorum- 10.1%
Rick Perry- .7%

Update- 8:21PM- With 17.3% reporting:

Mitt Romney- 35.5%
Ron Paul- 24.6%
Jon Huntsman- 17.3%
Newt Gingrich- 10.5%
Rick Santorum- 9.7%
Rick Perry- .7%

Update- 8:19PM- With 15.9% reporting:

Mitt Romney- 35.3%
Ron Paul- 24.7%
Jon Huntsman- 17.5%
Newt Gingrich- 10.4%
Rick Santorum- 9.6%
Rick Perry- .6%

Update- 8:14PM- With 14.3% reporting:

Mitt Romney- 35.4%
Ron Paul- 24.3%
Jon Huntsman- 17.9%
Newt Gingrich- 10.5%
Rick Santorum- 9.5%
Rick Perry- .6%

Update- 8:12PM- With 13.6% reporting:

Mitt Romney- 35.6%
Ron Paul- 24.1%
Jon Huntsman- 18.0%
Newt Gingrich- 10.4%
Rick Santorum- 9.5%
Rick Perry- .6%

Update- 8:07PM- With 12.0% reporting:

Mitt Romney- 35.5%
Ron Paul- 24.4%
Jon Huntsman- 17.4%
Newt Gingrich- 10.5%
Rick Santorum- 9.7%
Rick Perry- .7%

Update- 8:00PM- With 11.0% reporting:

Mitt Romney- 35.6%
Ron Paul- 24.6%
Jon Huntsman- 16.9%
Newt Gingrich- 10.7%
Rick Santorum- 9.7%
Rick Perry- .7%

Update- 7:58PM- With 10.3% reporting:

Mitt Romney- 35.5%
Ron Paul- 25.0%
Jon Huntsman- 16.2%
Newt Gingrich- 10.9%
Rick Santorum- 9.9%
Rick Perry- .7%

Update- 7:54PM- With 8.3% reporting:

Mitt Romney- 36.4%
Ron Paul- 24.5%
Jon Huntsman- 15.5%
Newt Gingrich- 11.1%
Rick Santorum- 10.0%
Rick Perry- .7%

Update- 7:51PM- With 6.6% reporting:

Mitt Romney- 35.9%
Ron Paul- 25.3%
Jon Huntsman- 15.0%
Newt Gingrich- 11.1%
Rick Santorum- 10.0%
Rick Perry- .7%

Update- 7:49PM- With 5.3% reporting:

Mitt Romney- 36.2%
Ron Paul- 25.3%
Jon Huntsman- 14.7%
Newt Gingrich- 11.3%
Rick Santorum- 10.0%
Rick Perry- .7%

Update- 7:44PM- With 4.7% reporting:

Mitt Romney- 36.6%
Ron Paul- 24.6%
Jon Huntsman- 14.7%
Newt Gingrich- 11.5%
Rick Santorum- 10.1%
Rick Perry- .7%

Update- 7:38PM- With 3.7% reporting:

Mitt Romney- 36.9%
Ron Paul- 24.1%
Jon Huntsman- 14.5%
Newt Gingrich- 11.7%
Rick Santorum- 10.3%
Rick Perry- .6%

We at Pundit Press will be updating the results from the Iowa Caucus tonight with plenty of updates. Note that number may not add up to 100% as there will be some votes for Herman Cain, Buddy Roemer, "Other," and "no preference."

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Indonesia Earthquake

Breaking news. An earthquake has hit off the coast of Indonesia. It is estimated as a 7.3 and a tsunami warning has been sent.

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It was centered 18 miles beneath the ocean floor.

Arief Akhir, an official with Indonesia's geological agency, said a tsunami warning has been issued.

Indonesia is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanos and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.


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New Hampshire Votes

Hundreds of thousands of Granite State voters are heading to the polls today to select the Republican nominee for the 2012 election, although polling and early results indicate Mitt Romney will likely be victorious by a wide margin. Strong turnout was predicted earlier, but this morning's slow trickle has some questioning that.

I personally believe Mr. Romney is going to destroy his competition with near 40%; Huntsman by the thinnest of margins places second ahead of Paul; Santorum finishes fourth; Gingrich disappointingly fifth and Perry sixth - barely polling ahead of Buddy Roemer.

There have been numerous surprises in New Hampshire before, so don't rule out anything occurring, but all paths point to Romney at this point and I don't see anything, or anyone, interfering with that.

All precints are open until eight this evening - so head out and vote! Make your voice be known, New Hampshire and be proud of your coveted first in the nation primary!

Indonesia Tsunami Warning

Breaking news. An earthquake has hit off the coast of Indonesia. It is estimated as a 7.3 and a tsunami warning has been sent.

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It was centered 18 miles beneath the ocean floor.

Arief Akhir, an official with Indonesia's geological agency, said a tsunami warning has been issued.

Indonesia is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanos and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.


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Romney Leads New Hampshire After Small Towns Vote

The small New Hampshire towns of Dixville Notch and Hart's Location have cast their traditional mid-night votes and the results are good for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney: he leads by two.

Romney - 7.
Paul - 5.
Huntsman - 4.
Gingrich - 2.
Perry - 1.
Santorum - 0.

I always enjoy seeing the results from these two small towns, which would open their polls early for railroad workers who couldn't vote during the day, and keep this unique Granite State tradition going. Besides, it gives political junkies awake at two o'clock some results to partially, half-asleep digest.

Stay tuned for more Pundit Press coverage of New Hampshire.

Monday, January 9, 2012

What Jay-Z Really Thinks of the 99%

Over the weekend Jay-Z and Beyonce became the proud parents of a healthy baby girl, Blue Ivy.  Wonderful, good for them.  It is nice to see a high-powered couple happily married and bringing children into the world.  


Jay-Z is a big supporter of the Occupy Wall Street movement.  He wants to pay more taxes.  Why exactly he just doesn't fill out a 1040 EZ and pay the full 35% is beyond me, but he wants to see more tax dollars go to the "underprivileged".  Of course the meaning of underprivileged is a relative term.  


Jay-Z is also a man who decided to sell T-Shirts for the Occupy Wall Street movement on his Roca-Wear website, but didn't feel the need to share the profits with the movement.  After being publicly shamed, the shirts came down off his clothing line's website.  As far as anyone knows, no profits off what were sold was ever given to the movement.  


But, getting back to his daughter.  She made her way into the world at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan.  One of the busiest hospitals in the most populated city in America.  The Carter's (Jay-Z's given name) pulled out all the stops to protect the privacy of their new bundle of joy.  While I completely agree that no woman would ever want pictures of her in the middle of child birth to show up on some rag paper for worldwide consumption.  Who can blame them.  They wanted to protect their baby.  I would want to do the same.  


So they decided to make sure no one could bother them.  They hired security and bought out the entire floor of the hospital to ensure the big moment was a private family affair.  The problem is that the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit was also on that floor.


Newborn and preemies that are fighting for their lives were on that floor.  Parents who are dealing with the stress of having a child in that precarious position had to deal with their security.  

Neil Coulon, 38, of Brooklyn said the stress of his wife delivering two premature girls was tripled by BeyoncĂ©’s bodyguards treating Lenox Hill Hospital like an exclusive nightclub.
Coulon griped that he’s been repeatedly barred from the sixth-floor neonatal intensive care unit, once for 20 minutes, by the superstar couple’s private security.
He said bodyguards wearing headsets even cleared the sixth floor waiting room, booting his relatives out.

He goes on
:“I know they spent $1.3 million and I'm just a contractor from Bed-Stuy, but the treatment we received was not okay,” Coulon said. “My wife is just terribly upset. She had a C-section. She gave birth to twins. She is sore. Nobody needs this.”
No brand new mom of preemies who are dealing with their babies in distress should be forced to deal with this.  It is reported that they paid $1.3 million dollars for the floor.  For that kind of money she could have gone to a more private hospital setting and given birth there instead of inconveniencing stressed out parents.  

Hey occupiers, this is what he really thinks of the 99%.  Oh, and by the way, blue is a color, not a name.  


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BCS National Championship Game Prediction

LSU 17, Alabama 14

It will be a close, tightly matched game. What will make the difference is LSU's superiority on special teams.

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Tavis Smiley Gets a Taste of the Race Card


Tavis Smiley, a favorite of mine, is getting a taste of the leftist use of the race card.  Smiley is an activist for issues within the black community.  He wants the issues of poverty and high unemployment addressed.  While he and I agree on that, we strongly disagree with ways in which to accomplish them.  When I talk about the president and how his policies are failing, I get called a racist.  


Well, Mr. Smiley is seeing how annoying it is to have your dissent thrown back in your face.  Smiley was scheduled to be a speaker at a celebration remembering the life of Dr. Martin Luther King and he has been summarily dismissed.  Why?  He has been critical of the president.  


It doesn't seem to matter that Smiley has a point and the needs of the black community have not been addressed under this administration.  The unemployment numbers are reaching historical proportions, the levels of people becoming dependent upon food stamps is growing and has long since reached record numbers.  


The latest numbers are that more than 26% of those on food stamps are black, while they only make up 12.6% of the total population.  That is a staggering number.  Smiley has the right to be outraged at these numbers.  The black community is falling further behind, partially due to the 'great recession", but that is far from the only reason.  


But, apparently, he is not allowed to say so.  Heaven forbid a left leaning black man say anything against "The One".  The great black hope, that has done nothing to deserve that title.  He has done nothing to help that community address the real issues that are plaguing them.  Of course he is the president of the entire country, but there were expectations of what he would do for the black community.  


Both he and Michelle have not really addressed some of the real issues.  Poor educational choices (oh, that's right, they don't believe in choice except when it comes to abortion), rising unemployment, 72% of all children are born to single mothers.  Study after study has shown that babies born into single homes are far more likely to face a life of poverty and are less likely to get a college degree.  Without a good education the chances of lifting yourself out of poverty become almost non-existent.  None of these issues have been addresses by the first family.  


It has been extremely disappointing to see the first black president who by all appearances has a close family unit not addressing the problems within their own community.  He has the perfect platform to stand up and talk about being involved in your child's life.  He grew up without a dad, he knows how that can affect a child.  He knows how that can affect the financial stability within a family.  Yet he says very little.  Michelle should be out making these points, yet she has chosen to worry about obesity.  Not fitness, but obesity.  She has chosen to help create one size fits all government programs to address these issues and force the non obese to comply to them as well.  She spends little to no time addressing the family unit.  


Well Tavis, welcome to my world.  Saying anything against this president means one thing and one thing only, you are a raaaaacist.  The so called black leaders in this country are more interested in appearances than calling the president out on these issues.  Remember when Emanuel Cleaver said this?


“If (former President) Bill Clinton had been in the White House and had failed to address this problem, we probably would be marching on the White House, there is a less-volatile reaction in the CBC because nobody wants to do anything that would empower the people who hate the president.”
So you see Tavis, it has never been about whether the president is addressing the issues.  It is about you knowing your place.  You are not allowed to criticize his holiness.  You are not allowed to the leave the democratic plantation; pointing out that all the poor get under this president is more handouts that keep them dependent.  He is the great black hope, just ignore the fact that his hope and change has been a big fat failure.  As I said, welcome to my world.  


As an aside, maybe Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich were not too far off about there comments there Tavis.  They just may have been on to something.  



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Arrest Photo of Sami Osmakac

Here is the arrest photo of 25 year old Sami Osmakac. As Thomas reported earlier, Osmakac was arrested on Saturday for plotting to bomb several crowded locations in the Tampa Florida area.


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Who is Sami Osmakac?

News has broken in the last hour or so of an arrest related to terror charges. Yugoslav-born Sami Osmakac was allegedly plotting a shooting and bombing in Flordia. Osmakac is an Islamic extremist who 'wanted to die the Islamic way.'

Now, Osmakac is in jail, and people are trying to find out about him. Osmakac was born in the former Yugoslavia, in what is today the country of Kosovo. Kosovo is a majority-Albanian speaking country that is one of the most pro-American on the planet. American intervention in the 1990s to stop genocide has earned many admirers in the Muslim country. However, Osmakac apparently is not one of them.

By looking for a Facebook profile, we see that the potential jihadist does not have one. Usually name recognition allows for some overlap, but no one with his name is connected.

Osmakac is 25 and was arrested in Florida.

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Defending Romney's Bain Tenure

The latest excuse for primary voters to oppose Mitt Romney is his tenure with Bain Capital and the dealings that took place during his near fifteen years with the company, which he helped to found.

Bain's purpose was to invest in up start companies, buy out financially troubled firms and even shut down the unsound businesses. During his tenure Romney oversaw the investment in Staples, which exploded from one locally owned store in the 1980's to well over one thousand nationwide today.

But constant success isn't possible for any company, and Bain is no exception. The company bought firms and businesses out that performed poorly, and lay offs were necessary, while other times they saved thousands of jobs. Such is your scorecard when you're investing in the private sector, where no outcome is assured.

Romney set the groundwork for Bain, which has gone on to invest or purchase Toys R Us, Domino's Pizza, The Weather Channel and The Sports Authority.

I don't see the trouble with his record at Bain. Some investments succeeded and others failed; people were hired and some were fired. That's our private sector and Romney did his best to make everyone succeed during his tenure - he doesn't deserve ridicule for taking the capitalist's risk of investing and sometimes failing.

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Breaking: Global Warming Saving Earth from Ice Age Catastrophe

Remember all of the predictions of how the earth was going to increase temperature so much that it would be difficult for human life to remain? Well, if carbon emissions are raising temperatures, it may be saving our descendants from a horrible frozen wasteland.

According to some scientists now, there's a pretty good chance that the earth is entering into another ice age. But, then again, there was the prediction that the earth was going to have the ice caps melt and life become insufferable. Maybe both will happen at the same time.

In any case, it doesn't sound like the predictive measure of climatology is too much better than that of politics. Can you tell me who the president will be in 3035? No-- well, then you're a non-believer or a "political change skeptic."

"At current levels of CO2, even if emissions stopped now we'd probably have a long interglacial duration determined by whatever long-term processes could kick in and bring [atmospheric] CO2 down," said Luke Skinner from Cambridge University.

Dr Skinner's group - which also included scientists from University College London, the University of Florida and Norway's Bergen University - calculates that the atmospheric concentration of CO2 would have to fall below about 240 parts per million (ppm) before the glaciation could begin.

The current level is around 390ppm.

Well, maybe my headline was a bit off, because the scientists are also claiming that if the temperature did go up due to CO2 emissions, we're still facing a balmy, watery death, followed by freezing in a little more than 1,000 years.

Of course, a lot of these gradual changes in temperature and climate patterns could be part of a natural set of occurances. Nah, manbearpig sounds even better.

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Sami Osmakac Facebook

News has broken in the last hour or so of an arrest related to terror charges. Yugoslav-born Sami Osmakac was allegedly plotting a shooting and bombing in Flordia. Osmakac is an Islamic extremist who 'wanted to die the Islamic way.'

Now, Osmakac is in jail, and people are trying to find out about him. Osmakac was born in the former Yugoslavia, in what is today the country of Kosovo. Kosovo is a majority-Albanian speaking country that is one of the most pro-American on the planet. American intervention in the 1990s to stop genocide has earned many admirers in the Muslim country. However, Osmakac apparently is not one of them.

By looking for a Facebook profile, we see that the potential jihadist does not have one. Usually name recognition allows for some overlap, but no one with his name is connected.

Osmakac is 25 and was arrested in Florida.

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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Cult of Paul

I have long contended that followers of Ron Paul have a cultish tinge to their behavior involving him, even stronger then Barack Obama's passionate base in 2008, but I have never really been able to pick through all the evidence and find that one moment to quickly sum up my point.

Until Dave Weigel's retweet from New Hampshire three hours ago:

Ron Paul protesters invade the outside of Romney's Derry, NH rally. One is reading Ron Paul's book over a megaphone.
Ahhhhhhhh, does anyone else find that last sentence odd in any way?

To me, it sounds like someone brainwashed by a cult leader and then reads his texts aloud to educate those that have not heard the master's word. It just lines up with all the other odd behavior, including the near obsession over anything Paul does and anything negative said about him by his opponents.

I'm just bringing up some valid points.

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To Buzkashi, Or Not To...

On Danny Butcher's internet radio show tonight, I mentioned the national Afghan sport buzkashi, but now I'm not sure if that was the best idea, because (1) virtually no one understood what I said and (2) they might be disgusted if they research the sport.

I'm considering a brief piece on the sport to educate people on this unique portion of Afghan culture, however, I'm not sure folks will respond to it well.

Which is why I'm leaving it up to you the reader: should I, or shouldn't write about the sport to teach Pundit Press a little more about Afghanistan's culture?

P.S. - The sport is seen being played in Rambo 3, which was based on the Afghan fight against Soviet invaders.

Huntsman's Revenge

As you have probably heard by now, a Ron Paul supporter created and posted an highly anti-Huntsman and borderline racist video depicting the former U.S. Ambassador to China as holding an agenda that is pro-chinese, even using a photo of his adopted Chinese daugther as proof of something sinister.

Mr. Paul has rightly denounced the video, but the damage is still done.

Besides from the downright stupid allegations that Huntsman is secretly anti-american, or controlled by Bejing, they not only damaged Paul by putting his name all over this sleazy video, but they went after a 12 year old girl and potentially did the last thing they wanted to - help Huntsman on the eve of voting.

With the primary in the bag for Romney and Huntsman's political future on the line, voters might just be a little more willing to make the former Ambassador the runner-up to say something against Paul's acolytes and something for Huntsman's foreign policy service to our nation. Not to mention to finally stand up against attacks on the innocent - candidate's children.

They have breathed new fire into a campaign that was hoping for double-digits and third place, while gaining them sympathy from everyone in the political world; not to mention unbelievably free press.

It's gonna interesting to see how this plays out over the next few days.

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Friday, January 6, 2012

Uganda Update

The news exploded in October when it was revealed the United States would be sending 100 soldiers to train Ugandan forces in their fight to hunt down and eradicate Joseph Kony and his terrorist organization. No one saw it coming, or really understood why now, but the story has dropped out of everyone's radar.

So whats going on in Uganda?

Well, our soldiers have arrived on ground (their technically in Congo as of last month) and are training our allies to finish off the Lord's Resistance Army, mainly through better information sharing and greater technology to track the terrorists through the jungle and several borders.

And this occuring on the ground while the United Nations and African Union vowed the LRA would be eradicated in 2012 - something every human being should be able to agree with...

All I know is this: if our forces are on the ground assisting the Ugandans, and they have access to better technology now, I'm hopeful we will see the headline - KONY KILLED; LRA DEFEATED - before the year is over, and the sooner the better for the poor people of Uganda, and the bordering countries that have endured his reign of terror for nearly three decades now.

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

2012 What Will It Be

The professional doom peddlers would have us believe that because a certain Mayan calendar ends on December 21, 2012 the world is going to end.  With a bang or with a whimper they aren’t sure, but if you will just buy their book, CD, DVD, cruise, or survival pack the end of the world will somehow be better. 
I’m not sure how making piles of more money just before the world is going to end makes a great deal of sense, but then again I’m not wise enough to know the world is going to end with enough lead time to produce my spiffy world ending products that people can buy on credit so what do I know? 
Even the Mayans have been caught up in the world ending money making marketing frenzy.  They are hosting tours and throwing a year-long party even though they know, and they used to point out, that the apocryphal reference in one ancient calendar actually refers to the end of an age not the end of the world.  And the big secret anyone who has studied Mayan culture knows and the doomsday charlatans don’t want us to share is that the Mayans actually had numerous calendars and they don’t all agree.  The so-called long calendar is reset to day 0 every 1,872,000 days.  This is known as The Great Circle.  The next reset date is December 21, 2012.   Many cultures believe in ages. Even presumably educated, though not commercially prophetic, Historians speak of the Age of Enlightenment, the Bronze Age, the Iron Age, etc. 
The charlatans pontificate about the advanced astronomical calculations of the Mayans.  It is true they made accurate astronomical observations and for their time were one of the most advanced pre-telescope cultures on earth.  However their understanding of these observations was not along the lines of modern cosmology which is the study of the physical universe considered as a totality of phenomena in time and space.  It was less Astronomy and more Astrology.  Ultimately the fact that one of the Mayan calendars ends this year is about as relevant to the unfolding of reality as the fact that this is also the year of the Dragon according to the Chinese calendar.  This isn’t prophecy it is Profit-cy and the theme song of this cottage industry is the cha-ching of the cash register. 
And while the calendar hanging on my wall says, “Don’t Step in the Leadership” which aptly describes what we have experienced for the last few decades. Any calendar’s predictive value for 2012 shouldn’t be taken too seriously. 
So what does 2012 hold?  Will it be boom or will it be doom?  Will it be morning in America or will it be mourning in America?  Will we reclaim our place in the sun or will we continue our precipitous slide into the dustbin of History?  The answer to all these questions is the same: it depends. 
It depends on whether the American electorate once again allows their hope for change to lead them to the hopelessness of more of the same.  Or will we rise above faction, self-indulgence and the mass hypnosis of demagogues and demand that our beloved nation return to its roots.  Will we demand that our government is once again limited, our liberties secure, and our economy free or will we fall for the siren song of “Spreading the wealth around” and sink into the morass of collectivism that has swallowed the hope of millions?  
Looking to the Left all we see is the ultimate realization of the Progressive’s generational dreams of a centrally-planned regimented society based upon the dictum of “From each according to the ability to each according to their need.”  All we can look forward to under a second Obama Administration is a continued slide into the shoddy future of redistribution, political correctness, and loss of international prestige. 
Somewhere amongst the challengers, the Republicans must find someone who is ready to re-invigorate the Constitution limiting government and securing the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity.  Somehow the Republicans must see through the smoke and mirrors of the Corporations Once Known as the Mainstream Media attempting to pick a suitable second place finisher to their previously chosen leader.   
Even before the election we are faced with a power-grab by the administration of staggering proportions. 
First there is the 2012 Defense Appropriations Bill ( NDAA 2012) which contains an amendment allowing the use of the military to arrest and confine American citizens indefinitely if they are accused of being a terrorist or of supporting terrorism. 
As we look upon the Constitution voiding legislation passed as part of the NDAA 2012, it should be pointed out, though President Obama threatened to veto the bill, according to the amendment’s co-sponsor Sen. Carl Levin the controversial language inserted into the bill were lobbied for by the Obama White House.  This was a bi-partisan effort to gut the effectiveness of the 4th and 5th amendments, the other co-sponsor being, Republican John McCain once again reaching across the aisles to limit American freedom. 
As bad as this monstrous bill is it was accompanied by a signing statement.   President Obama’s use of signing statements continues the George W. Bush legacy of de facto rule by “executive fiat.”   Often signing statements declare the intent of the executive to interpret laws in directions they were never intended to go.  At times they are used to in effect nullify the very laws just signed.   Further, Barack Obama has backtracked on his campaign promise not to use signing statements and executive orders to circumnavigate legislation signed into law. 
What this inside-the-beltway maneuvering means is that President Obama has signed a law which gives him the power to detain indefinitely American citizens arrested on American soil, a provision he lobbied for while ingenuously criticizing.  He has issued a signing statement which acknowledges the receipt of the power he sought while promising not to use it for “military” detention.  Some are calling this the martial law bill instead of the NDAA 2012.  Whatever you call it, its implications are chilling, and I must admit I never thought I would live to see such a blatant assault upon our constitutional liberties introduced let alone passed in the Congress of the United States and signed by an American president.   
Some have recently told this observer when discussing the unconstitutional aspects of this new federal power, “If they’re terrorists lock them up and throw away the key.”  How could such a provision affect you?   As one recent headline tells us, “Woman allegedly accuses man with Arabic surname of terrorist plane threat after he ends 4-day fling.”  Who might accuse who of what, might end up being a new question in a fundamentally transformed America. 
Then there is President Obama’s decision to rule without Congress.  He has announced this intention repeatedly as part of his “We can’t wait” offensive.   
He is now beginning to make recess appointments while Congress is still in session.  If this is allowed to stand the limits to the president’s power will be hard to locate.  He has taken us to war without Congress, he appoints without Congress, what is it that he cannot do? 
We don’t need Mayan calendars or other gimmicks used by the doom and gloom profit seekers to tell us that 2012 may well spin out of control on many fronts. 
Nothing sums up the Federal spending addiction which is driving us off the cliff better than the comment a Postal worker recently made to this observer after moaning about the possible closing of their tiny rural post office due to shortfalls in the USPS budget, “They print money don’t they?  Why don’t they just print some more?” 
2012, a President determined to rule without Congress, no end to the spending in sight, legislation which could easily turn into martial law, an election choice between Tweedledum and Tweedledee.   2012 what will it be: boom or doom?  Will it be rebirth or revolution?  The choices we make, in this the most decisive election of our generation, will decide which way we go.  Will we re-limit our government, or will we be swallowed by a bloated federal government?
Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion for Southside Virginia Community College.  He is the author of the History of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2012 Robert R. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens

And They Say Conservatives are Anti-Science


I have heard many times that conservatives are anti-science.  This is an accusation thrown around mainly in the concept of global warming or climate change, whatever it is being called today.  We are told that the science is "settled".  Well, that really isn't true.  There are scientists who say that it isn't man-made.  So I would say that it isn't settled.  I don't automatically dismiss the idea of it, but I think that before we spend boatloads of money we should be sure.  

I have also been told that homosexuality is a genetic thing.  Sorry, but there is no proof that it is.  It may very well be, but at this point there is no "gay" gene.  From what I have read, the scientific community seems to believe that there are a variety of factors that goes into homosexuality.  
When all of the work being done to understand causes is put together, the question about what causes homosexuality seems best answered as follows. 
First, science does not have a firm answer that everyone in the field of science let alone everyone else can agree on. The origins of homosexuality are still not clearly understood by scientists.
Most researchers agree that homosexuality is multi-causal and complex; many factors contribute to the development of same-sex attraction. Most researchers, including Dr. Dean Hamer, the "gay gene” researcher who is himself a gay man, agree that homosexuality is due to a combination of social, biological, and psychological factors. Dr. Hamer has said, "Genes are hardware…the data of life’s experiences are processed through the sexual software into the circuits of identity. I suspect the sexual software is a mixture of both genes and environment, in much the same way the software of a computer is a mixture of what’s installed at the factory and what’s added by the user (P. Copeland and D. Hammer (1994) The Science of Desire. New York: Simon and Schuster.)”
 So there seems to be choice involved in it.  So I would like to know why teachers in California have decided that they are going to liberate children of gender.  Liberate you from your gender?  Gender isn't a choice.  It is biological.  This is abusive to young children. They are trying to teach them that biology doesn't matter.  The goal according to the union is that children should feel liberated from stereotypes.  So do we dress our little boys in skirts to send them to school?  Where exactly is this going to lead?  This is the slippery slope of liberalism.  We take young children who are in the process of figuring out who they are and where they belong in the world, and we confuse them more than they already are.  We get them questioning who they are and the values that they are being taught at home by their parents, who by the way should be teaching those values.  

Gender is never choice.  It is biological.  There are hormones that are different between males and females, our body parts are different, we have different functions when it comes to reproduction.  Teaching children that is basic science.  Gender is not in your head.  It isn't a state of mind.  You have a penis or you don't.  Even if you decide to have surgery to "change" your gender, it cannot be done without changing your hormones.  Which says that it is biological.  It further proves that it is science.  

We are blurring the lines between males and females and what is the end game here?  It wasn't all that long ago that homosexuality was considered a mental illness.  That all changed when people started to "normalize" it.  While some may think that I am going a bridge too far with this comparison but I truly believe this is just another step in trying to normalize pedophilia the same way that they normalized homosexuality.  

If you are the parent of young children in the public school system in California you need to stand up to this nonsense.  The school system has no right to "liberate" your child of their God-given gender.  This is just one more way that the far left is interfering with the parent child relationship and pushing an agenda that is detrimental to the core family unit in this country.  It must be stopped.  

The only real cure to this is to get a movement going to get more conservatives involved in the school systems, the unions, and the school boards.  We should be teaching our children how to think critically, not that their gender is a state of mind.  


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Romney Doing The Impossible

Republican nominees come from either Iowa or New Hampshire, but up to this point not one has won both of the vital early states, mainly due to the wide gap between ideology and religion between them, but that might change if the polling in the Granite State holds, because Romney is on the verge of the impossible.

Most political whizkids are overlooking the historical and political implications of someone winning both states, especially the impact on South Carolina. There will be no two candidates vying for votes, just one man who won both states and four, or five two-time losers at that point - with Santorum the exception.

With his victory on Tuesday and his expected one next week, Romney is in the best position to win, historically and politically speaking, then any other candidate seeking the GOP nomination in years. South Carolina will ultimately decide whether this race is decided quickly or drags on, but their folk have to be considering the near impossible and rare nature of Romney's one-two punch.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Elderly-Looking Obama Gives Webcast Speech to Iowa Caucus

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Official Iowa Caucus Results

Via The New York Times, the official results:

Romney - 24.6% - 30,015
Santorum - 24.5% - 30,007
Ron Paul - 21.4% - 26,219
Gingrich - 13.3% - 16,251
Perry - 10.3% - 12,604
Bachmann - 5.0% - 6,073
Huntsman - 0.6% - 745

Herman Cain and Buddy Roemer also received a few dozen votes.

Bachmann Drops Out

After her disappointing sixth place finish in Iowa last night, the one time Not-Romney alternative and Ames Straw Poll winner Michele Bachmann suspended her campaign earlier this morning. Bachmann once led Iowa with her brash style of conservatism and her favorite daughter appeal, but she ended up declining due to her below the belt attacks on Perry.

She will return to the House where she will continue to be a thorn in the Republican leadership's side, while working on her re-election campaign in Minnesota, but one thing is uncertain - who will her 5% side with now that she's gone? Especially since her campaign was built up on her being the only true conservative running...

Regardless, Mrs. Bachmann definitely made the race interesting with her in it and now we turn all of our attention to New Hampshire, and who will survive there.

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Michele Bachmann Dropping Out?

It sure looks like it. She's canceled a trip to South Carolina and she's holding a press conference at 11am today. Considering her 6th place finish last night, I wouldn't be too surprised.

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Romney Wins Iowa Caucus

According to Karl Rove, now speaking on Fox News, a high-ranking official in the Republican party has declared that Mitt Romney has won the Iowa Caucus by exactly 14 votes.
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Update- Fox News has confirmed that a second source has verified this report and that Mitt Romney has indeed won.

Update 2, 2:33a.m.- An official from Iowa has just announced that Mitt Romney has won, but by a mere eight votes.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Rick Perry: "I am Returning to Texas"

In a campaign speech late Tuesday night, Governor Rick Perry stated that he is "returning to Texas" to reassess whether he is going to continue running for President.

The speech contained several emotional moments, in particular two moments. The first was when he read a letter from an adoring supporter who called him a "great man." The letter described a conversation that Mr. Perry had had with a soldier and how his supporter looked on in awe as he watched Governor Perry call the veteran his "Christian brother."
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The second was when Perry announced that he would be returning to Texas to reassess whether he will continue his pursuit for the White House. Mr. Perry paused several times and appeared to be on the verge of tears as he winded down his speech.

Governor Perry came in fifth place in the Iowa caucus today, barely breaking ten percent of the vote. His announcement tonight likely marks the end to his campaign.

USA Today quotes Perry, "With the voters decision, I decided to return to Texas and determine if there is a path forward."

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Ron Paul Projected to Come in Third in Iowa

With 87.5% of precincts reporting, Pundit Press is projecting that Ron Paul will come in third place in the Iowa caucus.

At 10:51pm, the vote percentages stand at:

Rick Santorum- 24.6%
Mitt Romney- 24.5%
Ron Paul- 21.1%
Newt Gingrich- 13.2%
Rick Perry- 10.3%
Michele Bachmann- 5.1%
Jon Huntsman- .6%

Ron Paul would have to heavily win the 12.5% of the remaining precincts to get out of third place and it is very unlikely that he will do so.
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Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney, however, are much too close in votes to call either way.

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Live Iowa Caucus Results

Update- 2:36AM-

It is official. Mitt Romney has won the Iowa caucus by eight votes:

Mitt Romney- 24.5%, 30,015 votes
Rick Santorum- 24.5%, 30,007 votes


Update- 1:51AM- According to Politico, somebody screwed up counting the votes in several counties, and is now reporting that 99.5% of precincts are reporting in:

Rick Santorum- 24.5%, 29,968 votes
Mitt Romney- 24.5%, 29,964 votes (Only 4 votes separate Romney and Santorum)
Ron Paul- 21.5%, 26,186 votes
Newt Gingrich- 13.3%, 16,241 votes
Rick Perry- 10.3%, 12,592 votes
Michele Bachmann- 5.0%, 6,070 votes
Jon Huntsman- .6%, 744 votes

Update- 1:12AM- With 99.9% reporting:

Rick Santorum- 24.5%, 29,944 votes
Mitt Romney- 24.5%, 29,926 votes (Only 18 votes separate Romney and Santorum)
Ron Paul- 21.5%, 26,182 votes
Newt Gingrich- 13.3%, 16,210 votes
Rick Perry- 10.3%, 12,574 votes
Michele Bachmann- 5.0%, 6,064 votes
Jon Huntsman- .6%, 744 votes

Update- 12:52AM- With 99.5% reporting:

Rick Santorum- 24.6%, 29,908 votes
Mitt Romney- 24.5%, 29,874 votes (Only 34 votes separate Romney and Santorum)
Ron Paul- 21.5%, 26,097 votes
Newt Gingrich- 13.2%, 16,161 votes
Rick Perry- 10.3%, 12,536 votes
Michele Bachmann- 5.0%, 6,056 votes
Jon Huntsman- .6%, 742 votes

Update- 12:33AM- With 98.6% reporting:

Rick Santorum- 24.6%, 29,662 votes
Mitt Romney- 24.5%, 29,657 votes (Only 5 votes separate Romney and Santorum)
Ron Paul- 21.5%, 25,926 votes
Newt Gingrich- 13.2%, 16,002 votes
Rick Perry- 10.3%, 12,442 votes
Michele Bachmann- 5.0%, 6,031 votes
Jon Huntsman- .6%, 734 votes

Update- 12:26AM- With 98.3% reporting:

Mitt Romney- 24.6%, 29,625 votes
Rick Santorum- 24.5%, 29,584 votes (Only 41 votes separate Romney and Santorum)
Ron Paul- 21.5%, 25,875 votes
Newt Gingrich- 13.2%, 15,974 votes
Rick Perry- 10.3%, 12,410 votes
Michele Bachmann- 5.0%, 6,016 votes
Jon Huntsman- .6%, 732 votes

Update- 12:22AM- With 97.0% reporting (for some reason, AP is declaring a higher percentage reporting but fewer votes):

Rick Santorum- 24.6%, 29,181 votes
Mitt Romney- 24.6%, 29,137 votes (Only 44 votes separate Romney and Santorum)
Ron Paul- 21.2%, 25,325 votes
Newt Gingrich- 13.3%, 15,706 votes
Rick Perry- 10.3%, 12,181 votes
Michele Bachmann- 5.0%, 5,934 votes
Jon Huntsman- .6%, 712 votes

Update- 12:07AM- With 96.6% reporting:

Rick Santorum- 24.6%, 29,210 votes
Mitt Romney- 24.6%, 29,173 votes (Only 37 votes separate Romney and Santorum)
Ron Paul- 21.2%, 25,307 votes
Newt Gingrich- 13.3%, 15,722 votes
Rick Perry- 10.3%, 12,194 votes
Michele Bachmann- 5.0%, 5,934 votes
Jon Huntsman- .6%, 712 votes

Update- 11:49PM- With 96.6% reporting:

Rick Santorum- 24.7%, 29,051 votes
Mitt Romney- 24.6%, 28,938 votes (Only 113 votes separate Romney and Santorum)
Ron Paul- 21.2%, 25,121 votes
Newt Gingrich- 13.3%, 15,639 votes
Rick Perry- 10.3%, 12,127 votes
Michele Bachmann- 5.0%, 5,926 votes
Jon Huntsman- .6%, 702 votes

Update- 11:43PM- With 95.5% reporting:

Rick Santorum- 24.6%, 28,948 votes
Mitt Romney- 24.6%, 28,879 votes (Only 69 votes separate Romney and Santorum)
Ron Paul- 21.2%, 25,044 votes
Newt Gingrich- 13.3%, 15,580 votes
Rick Perry- 10.3%, 12,093 votes
Michele Bachmann- 5.0%, 5,899 votes
Jon Huntsman- .6%, 702 votes

Update- 11:38PM- With 93.5% reporting:

Rick Santorum- 24.7%, 28,276 votes
Mitt Romney- 24.6%, 28,147 votes (Only 129 votes separate Romney and Santorum)
Ron Paul- 21.2%, 24,325 votes
Newt Gingrich- 13.3%, 15,227 votes
Rick Perry- 10.3%, 11,827 votes
Michele Bachmann- 5.1%, 5,786 votes
Jon Huntsman- .6%, 672 votes

Update- 11:35PM- With 93.3% reporting:

Rick Santorum- 24.7%, 28,242 votes
Mitt Romney- 24.6%, 28,108 votes (Only 134 votes separate Romney and Santorum)
Ron Paul- 21.2%, 24,321 votes
Newt Gingrich- 13.3%, 15,205 votes
Rick Perry- 10.3%, 11,827 votes
Michele Bachmann- 5.1%, 5,786 votes
Jon Huntsman- .6%, 672 votes

Update- 11:30PM- With 92.8% reporting:

Rick Santorum- 24.7%, 28,102 votes
Mitt Romney- 24.6%, 28,003 votes (Only 99 votes separate Romney and Santorum)
Ron Paul- 21.2%, 24,199 votes
Newt Gingrich- 13.3%, 15,120 votes
Rick Perry- 10.3%, 11,724 votes
Michele Bachmann- 5.1%, 5,767 votes
Jon Huntsman- .6%, 668 votes

Update- 11:27PM- With 92.7% reporting:

Rick Santorum- 24.7%, 28,049 votes
Mitt Romney- 24.6%, 27,977 votes (Only 72 votes separate Romney and Santorum)
Ron Paul- 21.2%, 24,144 votes
Newt Gingrich- 13.3%, 15,097 votes
Rick Perry- 10.3%, 11,702 votes
Michele Bachmann- 5.1%, 5,751 votes
Jon Huntsman- .6%, 668 votes

Update- 11:19PM- With 91.8% reporting:

Mitt Romney- 24.7%, 27,830 votes
Rick Santorum- 24.7%, 27,817 votes (Only 13 votes separate Romney and Santorum)
Ron Paul- 21.1%, 23,737 votes
Newt Gingrich- 13.3%, 14,961 votes
Rick Perry- 10.3%, 11,600 votes
Michele Bachmann- 5.1%, 5,690 votes
Jon Huntsman- .6%, 660 votes

Update- 11:09PM- With 89.3% reporting:

Mitt Romney- 24.7%, with 27,101 votes
Rick Santorum- 24.6%, with 26,976 votes
Ron Paul- 21.1%, with 23,155 votes
Newt Gingrich- 13.3%, with 14,576 votes
Rick Perry- 10.3%, with 11,279 votes
Michele Bachmann- 5.1%, with 5,576 votes
Jon Huntsman- .6%, with 645 votes

Update- 11:04PM- With 88.3% reporting:

Rick Santorum- 24.6%
Mitt Romney- 24.6%
Ron Paul- 21.1%
Newt Gingrich- 13.3%
Rick Perry- 10.3%
Michele Bachmann- 5.1%
Jon Huntsman- .6%

Update- 10:58PM- With 88.1% reporting:

Rick Santorum- 24.6%
Mitt Romney- 24.6%
Ron Paul- 21.2%
Newt Gingrich- 13.3%
Rick Perry- 10.3%
Michele Bachmann- 5.1%
Jon Huntsman- .6%

Update- 10:51PM- With 87.5% reporting:

Rick Santorum- 24.6%
Mitt Romney- 24.5%
Ron Paul- 21.1%
Newt Gingrich- 13.2%
Rick Perry- 10.3%
Michele Bachmann- 5.1%
Jon Huntsman- .6%

Update- 10:49PM- With 79.0% reporting:

Mitt Romney- 24.9%
Rick Santorum- 24.4%
Ron Paul- 21.2%
Newt Gingrich- 13.2%
Rick Perry- 10.2%
Michele Bachmann- 5.0%
Jon Huntsman- .6%

Update- 10:46PM- With 60.2% reporting:

Rick Santorum- 25.0%
Mitt Romney- 23.2%
Ron Paul- 21.4%
Newt Gingrich- 13.2%
Rick Perry- 10.6%
Michele Bachmann- 5.4%
Jon Huntsman- .5%

Update- 10:42PM- With 59.1% reporting:

Rick Santorum- 24.4%
Mitt Romney- 23.5%
Ron Paul- 21.7%
Newt Gingrich- 13.3%
Rick Perry- 10.5%
Michele Bachmann- 5.5%
Jon Huntsman- .5%

Update- 10:40PM- With 53.8% reporting:

Rick Santorum- 24.2%
Mitt Romney- 23.5%
Ron Paul- 21.8%
Newt Gingrich- 13.4%
Rick Perry- 10.4%
Michele Bachmann- 5.6%
Jon Huntsman- .5%

Update- 10:35PM- With 52.0% reporting:

Rick Santorum- 24.3%
Mitt Romney- 23.7%
Ron Paul- 21.6%
Newt Gingrich- 13.3%
Rick Perry- 10.2%
Michele Bachmann- 5.6%
Jon Huntsman- .5%

Update- 10:20PM- With 49.5% reporting:

Rick Santorum- 24.3%
Mitt Romney- 23.6%
Ron Paul- 21.8%
Newt Gingrich- 13.3%
Rick Perry- 10.1%
Michele Bachmann- 5.6%
Jon Huntsman- .6%

Update- 10:12PM- With 47.6% reporting:

Rick Santorum- 24.3%
Mitt Romney- 23.7%
Ron Paul- 21.8%
Newt Gingrich- 13.2%
Rick Perry- 10.1%
Michele Bachmann- 5.6%
Jon Huntsman- .6%

Update- 10:07PM- With 47.5% reporting:

Rick Santorum- 24.3%
Mitt Romney- 23.8%
Ron Paul- 21.8%
Newt Gingrich- 13.2%
Rick Perry- 10.1%
Michele Bachmann- 5.6%
Jon Huntsman- .6%

Update- 10:03PM
Precincts are taking a fairly long time to send in new results. We should have more momentarily.

Update- 9:42PM- With 30.9% reporting:

Mitt Romney- 23.4%
Rick Santorum- 23.0%
Ron Paul- 22.8%
Newt Gingrich- 13.2%
Rick Perry- 10.2%
Michele Bachmann- 5.8%
Jon Huntsman- .6%

Update- 9:34PM- With 30.3% reporting:

Mitt Romney- 23.1%
Ron Paul- 23.0%
Rick Santorum- 22.9%
Newt Gingrich- 13.2%
Rick Perry- 10.3%
Michele Bachmann- 5.8%
Jon Huntsman- .6%

Update- 9:34PM- With 25.8% reporting:

Mitt Romney- 23.1%
Rick Santorum- 22.9%
Ron Paul- 22.9%
Newt Gingrich- 13.2%
Rick Perry- 10.4%
Michele Bachmann- 5.9%
Jon Huntsman- .6%

Update- 9:31PM- With 24.4% reporting:

Rick Santorum- 23.2%
Mitt Romney- 23.2%
Ron Paul- 23.0%
Newt Gingrich- 13.4%
Rick Perry- 10.4%
Michele Bachmann- 5.9%
Jon Huntsman- .6%

Update- 9:28PM- With 21.9% reporting:

Ron Paul- 23.9%
Rick Santorum- 23.6%
Mitt Romney- 22.2%
Newt Gingrich- 13.3%
Rick Perry- 10.0%
Michele Bachmann- 6.1%
Jon Huntsman- .7%

Update- 9:24PM- With 18.2% reporting:

Ron Paul- 24.0%
Rick Santorum- 23.2%
Mitt Romney- 22.6%
Newt Gingrich- 13.3%
Rick Perry- 9.8%
Michele Bachmann- 5.9%
Jon Huntsman- .7%
Herman Cain- .0%
Buddy Roemer- .0%

Update- 9:13PM- With 15.9% reporting:

Ron Paul- 24.1%
Mitt Romney- 23.0%
Rick Santorum- 22.9%
Newt Gingrich- 13.0%
Rick Perry- 9.9%
Michele Bachmann- 6.2%
Jon Huntsman- .7%
Herman Cain- .0%
Buddy Roemer- .0%

Update- 9:11PM- With 15.2% reporting:

Ron Paul- 24.0%
Mitt Romney- 23.2%
Rick Santorum- 23.0%
Newt Gingrich- 13.1%
Rick Perry- 9.6%
Michele Bachmann- 6.2%
Jon Huntsman- .7%
Herman Cain- .0%
Buddy Roemer- .0%

Update- 9:06PM- With 10.7% reporting:

Ron Paul- 24.2%
Rick Santorum- 23.0%
Mitt Romney- 22.9%
Newt Gingrich- 13.2%
Rick Perry- 9.4%
Michele Bachmann- 6.3%
Jon Huntsman- .6%
Herman Cain- .0%
Buddy Roemer- .0%

Update- 8:54PM- With 6.3% reporting:

Rick Santorum- 24.2%
Ron Paul- 23.7%
Mitt Romney- 22.3%
Newt Gingrich- 13.6%
Rick Perry- 9.0%
Michele Bachmann- 6.4%
Jon Huntsman- .5%
Herman Cain- .1%
Buddy Roemer- .0%

Update- 8:44PM- With 2.8% reporting:

Rick Santorum- 26.2%
Ron Paul- 22.9%
Mitt Romney- 18.0%
Newt Gingrich- 16.2%
Rick Perry- 9.5%
Michele Bachmann- 6.3%
Jon Huntsman- .3%
Herman Cain- .1%
Buddy Roemer- .1%

Update- 8:38PM- With less than 1% reporting:

Ron Paul- 42.9%
Rick Perry- 19.0%
Mitt Romney- 14.3%
Rick Santorum- 14.3%
Newt Gingrich- 9.5%
Michele Bachmann- 0.0%
Jon Huntsman- 0.0%

We at Pundit Press will be updating the results from the Iowa Caucus tonight with plenty of updates. Note that number will not add up to 100% as there will be some votes for Herman Cain, Buddy Roemer, "Other," and "no preference."

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Pundit Press Projects Gingrich to Come in Fourth, Perry in Fifth, and Bachmann in Sixth in Iowa

With the top three positions in the Iowa Caucus still up in the air, Pundit Press is projecting that Newt Gingrich will come in fourth, Rick Perry in fifth, and Michele Bachmann in sixth.
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Iowa Results

The Iowa caucuses start at 7pm Central or 8pm Eastern.

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Reason 12,834 to Home School

Virginia just can't seem to keep out of the news lately.  The latest outrage is a bunch of third graders wrote a little diddy they performed in October.  Now, if I am not mistaken a third grader is about 8 or so.  The school says the kids came up with these lyrics totally on their own:



Some people have it all
But they still don’t think they have enough
They want more money
A faster ride
They’re not content
Never satisfied
Yes — they’re the 1 percent
I used to be one of the 1 percent
I worked all the time
Never saw my family
Couldn’t make life rhyme
Then the bubble burst
It really, really hurt
I lost my money
Lost my pride
Lost my home
Now I’m part of the 99
Some people have it all
But they still don’t think they have enough
They want more money
A faster ride
They’re not content
Never satisfied
Yes — they’re the 1 percent
I used to be sad, now I’m satisfied
’Cause I really have enough
Though I lost my yacht and plane
Didn’t need that extra stuff
Could have been much worse
You don’t need to be first
’Cause I’ve got my friends
Here by my side
Don’t need it all
I’m so happy to be part of the 99
Yeah, I really buy that a group of eight-year-olds came up with this, all by their lonesomes.  On their website, Kid Pan Alley has songs from previous engagements that they have had around the country, some of the songs are named, Christmas in Tennessee, Stinky Socks, Bouncing of the Bottom, and Whispering in Spanish.  So normally these songs take on the silliness and innocence of childhood, yet this particular class wanted to write about the 99%.  
Our public school system should not be a place to push a political agenda.  No matter who is pushing it.  At the age of eight children should be learning how to think and at this point basic information about math, science, improving their reading and writing skills.  Instead the public schools have become a place where parents are forced to entrust their children to people who have an agenda, and to heck with the fact that some parents may not agree with that agenda.  Why are they teaching young children about class warfare?  There is a time and place for these discussions with young children, and a public school is neither that place nor the time in which to engage young, impressionable children about concepts they can't possibly understand at such a tender age.  
Values should be taught at home.  The fact that the school is defending this is reason enough to home school if at all possible.  
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Iowa Caucuses Day

Today is the day Conservatives, Republicans, political junkies and six candidates have been waiting for: the Iowa Caucuses.

Hundreds of thousands of Republican inclined Iowans wont be "picking corn" as Jon Huntsman said last week, but potentially the next President of the United States. And if caucus goers are as unpredictable as recent surveys suggest, the victor might not be known until very late tonight when every precint reports.

I'm guessing Romney and Santorum finish almost even, while Perry places third and Ron Paul drops to fourth - where he belongs - leaving Gingrich and Bachmann barely placing above the bottom feeders... namely, Buddy Roemer and the five dozen diehards who write in Sarah Palin as their last act of devout followship.

One thing is for sure - the race for the nomination is no longer three debates, and two months away, just a couple more hours until the sun shines over Iowa and the regular folks who populate that little slice of midwestern heaven head to their local precints and cast their ballots.

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Harry Burkhart Identified as LA Arson Suspect

From ABC via Yahoo:
Officials this evening identified a man arrested after a series of 52 blazes in the Los Angeles area as Harry Burkhart, 24.

Burkhart was charged this afternoon with one count of arson of an inhabited dwelling, with more charges expected as the investigation proceeds, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told reporters. Burkhart was being held without bail.

"These were serious and potentially deadly crimes that needlessly endangered thousands of innocent lives," Villaraigosa said. "These crimes will not be tolerated."

According to ABC News sources directly involved in the case, the "prime suspect" under arrest told authorities upon his detention, "I hate America."

That suspect, at the time not publicly identified, was believed to be a German national who may have been motivated by a deportation hearing against his mother that took place in Los Angeles County about a week and a half ago, the sources told ABC News exclusively.

The State Department gave the information to the intelligence and operational task forces involved in the manhunt, according to the sources.

The man being held, identified by police as a "person of interest," is now considered a "prime suspect," the sources said.
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Monday, January 2, 2012

Once Again, Rumors of Fidel Castro's Death Inundate Twitter

The death of Fidel Castro would be a significant moment for the world and Cuba, but at the moment he is still alive.  However, if you have been on twitter for the last few hours, thousands of tweets have proclaimed him dead.

The problem: the news source they cite (the Cuba Press) has stated that they have no idea what people are talking about and that they have not declared Castro dead.

Likewise, this "death picture" is making the rounds, but it is almost certainly fake:
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The Bitter and Amoral Attack on how the Santorum Family Mourned Baby Gabriel

Alan Colmes went lower than low with his attack on the way the Santorum family chose to mourn the loss of their baby boy; Gabriel, who died shortly after childbirth.  


I personally have never lost a child, but I have watched others who have.  My best friend died while we were teenagers and another woman I know lost a six week old to SIDS.  Mourning a child is a deeply personal issue and how a family that is grieving that horrible loss have the right to mourn that loss in the way they feel is best for their family.  Rick and Karen Santorum felt that their other children needed to be part of the process of saying goodbye to baby Gabriel.  They needed to see him and have a chance to say goodbye.  While it may not be the way that others would choose to handle it, it was their right as they are their children.  They hurt no one else, they broke no laws and even the hospital thought it would be good for them in dealing with their grief. 


What Alan Colmes is probably the most upset about is the fact that they didn't abort the child the moment they found out he wouldn't live.  But of course they said that their daughter Bela, who is now two, wouldn't live either.  


Any liberal who is not condemning these comments is a bad as Mr. Colmes is.  Alan Colmes has no right to tell a family how to mourn the loss of a newborn baby.  They said good-bye the best way they could and did what they thought was right by God and their other children.  

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Traffic on Official Santorum Website Explodes After Surge in Polls

For months on the campaign trail, former Senator Rick Santorum was an afterthought for many potential voters. However, in the past week, his popularity has increased tremendously right before the Iowa Caucus.

Along with his rising poll numbers, the traffic on RickSantorum.com has exploded as well. The traffic-tracking website Alexa did not even rank RickSantorum.com in the top 100,000 websites on the internet in the three months leading up to the surge. Yet, in the past week, not only has the site gone above 100,000, but it has broken 40,000:
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To put this into a bit of perspective, the Drudge Report is the 385th largest site on the internet and Little Green Footballs is the 83,591th biggest site on the web.  So, in the last week, RickSantorum.com is getting a lot more traffic than Little Green Footballs, but a lot less than Drudge.

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